President Trump on Monday morning threatened legal action over a bill passed by the Nevadalegislature to send mail-in ballots to all voters ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The legislature on Sunday pushed through the bill despite objections from Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, the only statewide Republican elected official, on a party-line vote. It would give Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak the power to command the secretary of state to adjust election procedures during a state of emergency.
The bill also expands who can turn in ballots, a provision many Republicans in the state said could open the door for ballot harvesting.
“In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump said in a tweet Monday. “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!”
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Trump, in a tweet Sunday, called the move by the Nevada legislature “outrageous” and said it should “be met with immediate litigation.”
Democrats have dismissed concerns that universal mail-in voting could lead to fraud, saying there is little evidence that it has happened on a wide scale in the past. Meanwhile, Republicans have pointed out mail-in voting has seldom been conducted on the scale Democrats currently propose. They also distinguish between “absentee” voting, in which one has to request a ballot and usually provide a reason for being unable to vote on Election Day, and universal mail-in voting, in which the government sends ballots to every registered voter whether they have requested the ballot or not.
Attorney General Bill Barr, when pressed on the security of such voting during a House hearing last week, admitted that he had not seen evidence other countries could change the outcome of an American election using counterfeit ballots, but said it is “common sense” that it is a risk.